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Dualist Inquiry’s French kiss

Dualist Inquiry’s French kiss
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For Sahej Bakshi, music comes naturally — just like eating and breathing. It keeps his soul and spirit alive and keeps him going. The 25-year-old man from Delhi is a composer, guitarist and producer in the Indian electronica world.

‘I fell in love with music at the age of nine. Initialy I played the guitar and later, after moving to Los Angeles to study at the Thornton Music School, I decided to become an electronica musician,’ Bakshi said. He rechristened himself as Dualist Inquiry and is popular by this name in the music circuit now. ‘I chose the name because it represents my personal belief in the idea of dualism like hot and cold, strong and weak, soft and hard and so on. It is an encapsulating philosophy that these extremes are always balancing and cancelling each other out in the universe,’ Bakshi explained.

Bakshi lives in the moment and does not believe in the philosophy of planning. With no back up for him, he is all set to continue in electronica. ‘My choice of work might not seem a stable or a predictable career but I have no apprehensions. Music is my passion which motivates me to work harder and keep things interesting,’ he added.

Inspired and mentored by Medieval Punditz and Anoushka Shankar, Bakshi recalls his most memorable moment when he opened the show with David Guetta in March and Fat Boy Slim at another performance.

‘I have performed almost all over the country (Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh, Pune including Delhi) and my international tours include the Great Escape Festival at Brighton and Berlin Music Festival,’ he said.

His upcoming gig at Blue Frog would see him playing with a French band. How does he derive the inspiration to compose novel music each time? ‘Composing music comes naturally to me. It’s like when you are cut out for some purpose and luckily you land up in the same, things just keep rolling and happening for good,’ Bakshi said.

The exceptionally talented and good-looking guy feels he is blessed to have the support of his parents all this while and would love to take his music to places far and wide. ‘My vision is to take electronica to places and introduce it to the most ignorant and learned people around the world,’ he concludes.
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